Lou Nieto

Emeritus Managing Director


Lou became affiliated with Akoya Capital in 2010. With more than 35 years in the consumer foods industry, Lou has deep domain expertise along with executive leadership experience that includes change management. His roles extended to marketing and brand management, strategy, distribution, private label, ethnic, and dairy.

Lou’s large-company sales, marketing, and branding experiences at both Quaker Oats Company and Kraft Foods, Inc were followed by executive-level roles at Mission Foods, Dean Foods Company, Federated Group and ConAgra.

Lou serves on multiple boards. He was the former Executive Chair for our portfolio companies Eddy Packing Company and Fresh and Ready Foods. He is also President of Nieto Advisory, LLC.

Lou holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard University.

Sector-Related Experience

  • ConAgra Foods, President of Consumer Foods
  • The Federated Group, Inc., President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Dean Foods Company, Group President
  • Mission Foods, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Distribution
  • Kraft Foods, Inc., Senior Director
  • Quaker Oats Company, Associate Brand Manager

Portfolio Company Board Participation

  • Eddy Packing Company
  • Fresh and Ready Foods